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Mists of Pandaria Box Art
Someone over on Reddit posted an image that looks like it could be the Mists of Pandaria box! As expected, it mentions that you need the Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm expansions to play. The Burning Crusade is not mentioned because it is free for anyone who owns WoW as of last year.

Minimum Requirements
  • Dual core CPU, up from a single core at 1.4 Ghz. It looks like it may mention a Intel Pentium D rather than Intel Pentium 4.
  • 2GB RAM (or 1GB for Windows XP), up from 1GB RAM.
  • The X1800 Pro (2005) is now the minimum required GPU, up from the 9500 (2002), which may no longer be supported.
  • The GeForce FX 5000 series (2003) also has been dropped from the minimum requirements, replaced by the 6800 (2004).
  • The minimum hard drive space is still 25GB.
  • The minimum resolution is 1024x768.

Recommended Specifications
  • 4GB RAM, up from 2GB.
  • 64bit Windows 7, up from 64bit Windows Vista/7.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2, up from the Intel Pentium D.
  • Nvidia 8800GT, up from the 8600.
  • AMD 4830 512MB, up from the 2600.



South Korean Diablo III Refunds
South Korean players who were unhappy with the stability problems during the Diablo III launch will be able to apply for a refund! This was prompted in part by the Korea Fair Trade Commission investigation into denied refunds, which resulted in a raid on their office. South Korean Law allows a customer to receive a refund within seven days of purchasing something if the problems with the product are not caused by the consumer.

The number of Korean players connected peaked at 430,000, which prompted the installation of more server capacity. The peak for all of Asia was 640,000.

A player must have not played past level 40 in order to obtain a refund, which will be given out from June 25th to July 3rd. If you purchase the game from now on and want a refund, you will be able to get it as long as you have not played past level 20 and are within 14 days of the purchase date.

Players who do not apply for a refund will get a free month of Starcraft 2 access, which can be gifted to a friend if the player already has a copy.



Mogu'shan Vaults: Stone Guard
On Friday, several groups were able to test the Stone Guard encounter in Mogu'shan Vaults. Groups will be able to test the Gara'jal the Spiritbinder and Spirit Kings 10 man normal encounters on Monday, so check back around 13:30 EDT or 19:30 CEST for some streams!


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mogu'shan Vaults
The mogu, proud of their supremacy, kept lengthy records of their accomplishments within a great complex of vaults. Guarded by ferocious magical beings, these sacred chambers have remained silent since the mogu's departure.

The Stone Guard

  • Amethyst Guardian - The Amethyst Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Amethyst Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Amethyst Pool - The Amethyst Guardian creates a pool that inflicts (65,000 + 4.2% of SP) Shadow damage every 1 sec. to enemies who enter the area. Lasts 20 sec.
    • Amethyst Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Shadow damage to all enemies and interrupting Amethyst Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Amethyst Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to amethyst, reducing the Shadow damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of Petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Cobalt Guardian - The Cobalt Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Cobalt Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Cobalt Grasp - Cobalt bursts from the ground at a random player's feet, inflicting 52,000 Arcane damage and preventing all movement for 6 sec.
    • Cobalt Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Arcane damage to all enemies and interrupting Cobalt Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Cobalt Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to cobalt, reducing the Arcane damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of Petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Jade Guardian - The Jade Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Jade Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Jade Shards - The Jade Guardian fires shards of jade in all directions, inflicting 70,000 Nature damage to all players.
    • Jade Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Nature damage to all enemies and interrupting Jade Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Jade Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to jade, reducing the Nature damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Jasper Guardian - The Jasper Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Jasper Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Jasper Cleave - The Jasper Guardian inflicts 109,850 Fire damage to its current target and their nearest allies, affecting up to 5 targets.
    • Jasper Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Fire damage to all enemies and interrupting Jasper Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Jasper Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to jasper, reducing the Fire damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Shared Abilities - All four guardians have access to these abilities.
    • Solid Stone - When no other stone guards are nearby the Guardian reverts to stone form. While in this form it takes 90% reduced damage but cannot gain energy.
    • Rend Flesh - The Guardian rends the flesh of the target, causing 42,648 Physical damage every 1 sec. Lasts 15 sec.
    • Power Down - When the guardians reach 85%, 65%, and 40% remaining health, one of them will power down all Energized Tiles in the room to prevent players from using the energy.
  • Encounter Area -
    • White Floor Tiles - These tiles absorb the energy from Living Amethyst, Living Cobalt, Living Jade, and Living Jasper when a player stands on them. Each tile absorbs one charge of energy. For each tile currently energized in the room, every player gains a stack of Energized Tiles.
      • Energized Tiles - The energy of the living stone flows through the room tiles, empowering players and increasing damage dealt by 1%. This effect stacks.
    • Living Amethyst Crystal - The energy that powers the Amethyst Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Amethyst effect.
      • Living Amethyst - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Amethyst Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Shadow damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.
    • Living Cobalt Crystal - The energy that powers the Cobalt Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Cobalt effect.
      • Living Cobalt - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Cobalt Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Arcane damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.
    • Living Jade Crystal - The energy that powers the Jade Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Jade effect.
      • Living Jade - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Jade Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Nature damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.
    • Living Jasper Crystal - The energy that powers the Jasper Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Jasper effect.
      • Living Jasper - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Jasper Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Fire damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.



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  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Myzou View Post
    Oh hey look, they upgraded the specs outside of my laptop specs.

    I hope they enjoy losing quite a bit of subscribers with those upgrades. (This laptop is from 2007. It's only 5 years old. WoW is older than it, so to the people telling me to upgrade: Bite me.)

    They're going to see a substantial subs drop if the recommended ends up real. I only actually know 1 person with a computer that meets those specs. Quite literally only 1. (at least offline). Everyone I know has a computer from 2007-2009, which don't fit those specs.
    Maybe your friends need to learn to shop more carefully then, I bought my current PC at the very start of 2009 and it was extremely cheap, every component was totally entry level or thereabouts and it still does 25 mans totally fine. The only upgrade I've had is a graphics card that you can now buy on ebay for easily under $50 (HD 5770).

    As for you personally, well, you're trying to game on a laptop, what do you expect?
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    I had expected the box to be red. Red denotes good fortune in China. That is why brides usually wear red and why red boxes are given on New Years.
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tackhisis View Post
    So they have decided to alienate their population by increasing the system requirements to these of the newer games?
    To answer your question, clearly no, they haven't.

    There's absolutely nothing in WoW which requires a $300 videocard, or multicore processor.
    Good thing those things aren't even in the recommended specs then, isn't it?
  1. Rendia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Larwood View Post
    To answer your question, clearly no, they haven't.

    Good thing those things aren't even in the recommended specs then, isn't it?
    The MINIMUM, not even recommended, will require a multi-core processor. Please read before you comment to at least sound semi-intelligent.

    I have a single core. Guess I'm farked, huh?

    Too bad to me that I've been playing since April of 2006, I just get left behind.
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Let's compare to skyrim, which was released last year.

    minimum requirements:

    Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit) - roughly the same
    Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor - roughly the same, maybe slightly higher than MoP's given you can get dual cores will less than 2ghz
    2GB System RAM - the same
    6GB free HDD Space - lower requirement, but not really an issue
    Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM - a higher requirement, given both of MoP's required cards commonly had 256 MB
    DirectX compatible sound card - presumably the same
    Internet access for Steam activation - the same/irrelevant

    And the recommended requirements:

    Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit) - perhaps slightly lower, but XP is over a decade old now it's time to move on
    Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU - a much higher recommendation
    4GB System RAM - the same
    6GB free HDD space - see above
    DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher). - again, a much higher recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Tackhisis View Post
    increasing the system requirements to these of the newer games?
    And that's comparing to one of the lowest requirements games. Compare to your average 'newer game' like your battlefield 3s and your modern warfare 3s, WoW's requirements are absolutely nothing.

    Fun observation, Mists has similar requirements to Crysis, a game released 5 years ago. Women have fallen in love, married, become pregnant, given birth, and raised children who can walk and talk in the lag time between 'newer games' requirements and WoW's requirements.
  1. darkquantum's Avatar
    Blizzard requested delete posts related to MoP cover on Official WoW Funsites
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rendia View Post
    The MINIMUM, not even recommended, will require a multi-core processor. Please read before you comment to at least sound semi-intelligent.
    No, the minimum requires a dual core processor. Multi core refers to more than 2 in general parlance. $300 video cards and multicore processors, which you complained about, aren't in the minimum OR the recommended (hence I skipped to simply saying "aren't even in the recommended specs"). Please try consider if you have your own facts straight before attempting to insult the intelligence of others.

    But hey, let me try to fix your problem for you. A single core processor bought in mid 2006 was likely using a LGA775 socket* so let's have a look...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-E2160-...item1c13026164

    See, that wasn't too hard. Just stop paying for wow for a few months and you'll be able to afford that easily. Not that it would really be worth it, you'd be better off getting a whole new system probably (better chips on newer sockets are cheaper than that).

    *feel free to correct me on what socket you have
  1. NerfSal's Avatar
    Diggin' the box. Also, Black = Red.

    and why juggalos?
  1. Rigrot's Avatar
    The ICP in MMO was random and that makes it funny.

    I'm indifferent against the box, some green was used for BC. I say the box should be black and white to honor pandas.
  1. Pellaeon's Avatar
    Well guess that means my system from 2010 with a AMD 64 bit CPU might be farked then for playing MoP even though it's played wrath and cata absolutely fine. It's kinda like how when wrath came out blizzard forced us all to have shadows turned on permanetly under every character's feet, without even basic shadows on it was a nice speed improvement on an older rig with bc/vanilla. Mind you though I can't see system requirements being upped that much this is just an expansion for WoW they havent exactly updated all the models and textures in the game either.

    All I can do I suppose is get MoP and have everything turned down low and it should be playable. Because the more I think about it Blizzard's just saying Dual Core so they don't get flooded with complaints about people with CPU's older then 2010 whining why it doesn't run smooth. Hell a friend of mine two years ago had managed to run wrath on a computer from 2002 and it actually ran.. barely ran but it ran LOL.
  1. jimlow's Avatar
    wow people are really complaining about the system spec?
    Intel dropped the Core 2 Duo in 2006. Every half decent machine in the last 6 years has had a dual core processor. If you can't play then feel free to take your potato and go play solitaire.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    I bought a comp with these specs early 2006 and back then it wasn't even high end. Seriously what rigs are your people gaming on? If they bought 2009 their comp should be a lot better that these recommendations.
    Funny enough, I did buy mine in 2009. My brother assembled it for me once he had all the parts, and I did it on a budget of a little under $600. And the thing worked fine in WotLK with settings on "medium"-ish?

    I'm figuring either I should've increased the budget or I'm clueless about what stuff I actually need. Maybe both. :S
  1. JainaIsAMan's Avatar
    I seented that box before reddit.
  1. Tatz's Avatar
    Pft Koreans get a refund, I should too
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    Funny enough, I did buy mine in 2009. My brother assembled it for me once he had all the parts, and I did it on a budget of a little under $600. And the thing worked fine in WotLK with settings on "medium"-ish?

    I'm figuring either I should've increased the budget or I'm clueless about what stuff I actually need. Maybe both. :S
    WoW wants basically only one thing: CPU horsepower. That means; Yeah most folks out there running a LGA 7xx are screwed if they want to do 25man w/o massive FPS lag fest.

    My Rig was: C2D E6600; 4Gigs RAM (Wayne WoW only uses 1.3 or so); 8800GTX (Was twiddling it's circuits with 10% GPU usage in Raids).
    My average FPS in Dragonsoul was.. 10. Yup.. 5 or less in AOE heavy situations (WITHOUT parsing Addons like recount). (Playing on ultra (-Shadows) because graphic settings didn't matter. Fun thing huh?)
    That's why I call these "recommendations" BS.

    Well guess that means my system from 2010 with a AMD 64 bit CPU might be farked then for playing MoP even though it's played wrath and cata absolutely fine. It's kinda like how when wrath came out blizzard forced us all to have shadows turned on permanetly under every character's feet, without even basic shadows on it was a nice speed improvement on an older rig with bc/vanilla.
    I raided till May 2012 with the basic "blob" shadows under my characters feet, because my 8800GTX didn't like the new ones at all. Check your options. Chances are that your CPU will run MoP just fine, test it in Beta.
  1. pbean's Avatar
    Guys for ~$100 you have a PC which conforms to the minimum requirements. For $200 you could get one which conforms to the recommended. For ~$400 you can have a PC which will run Wow until the next expansion. These requirements are the same as high games had 5 years ago, literally. If you're a gamer, prepare to spend some money on a gaming rig every once in a while. Or do you expect Wow to still run in a Pentium III?

    To the guy with the 7 year old laptop: 7 years is LONG, it's OLD. The average life time of a PC is about 6 years, that's when they start to become old and "need" to be replaced to do "current time" things. I'm sorry to say, but your laptop has expired. And plus, most laptops are much weaker than PCs, and you probably do not have a high end laptop (more probably a medium range laptop). So with a medium range, 7 year old laptop.... yeah,.... don't complain about not meeting minimum requirements.

    Best go play Spider Solitaire then.
  1. Aeryana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by XstenZ View Post
    I've got a high end 2011 PC, and I still get fps drops/lag etc. Playing on Ultra, but still... so don't BS people.
    Really? I paid 1.7k for mine in 2010 and I can play two copies of WoW -- one on ultra and the other on medium with no problems. I might even be able to play an additional game (Bad Company 2, for instance) with lowered settings.
  1. Joecool16226's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    My Rig was: C2D E6600; 4Gigs RAM (Wayne WoW only uses 1.3 or so); 8800GTX (Was twiddling it's circuits with 10% GPU usage in Raids).
    My average FPS in Dragonsoul was.. 10. Yup.. 5 or less in AOE heavy situations (WITHOUT parsing Addons like recount). (Playing on ultra (-Shadows) because graphic settings didn't matter. Fun thing huh?)
    My current rig is, 2.8ghz Pentium 4, 2gb of RAM and an X1650pro. I get around 15 fps in LFR (and not everything is on "low" either, most settings are good, except maybe shadows and particle and turned off sound effects.) Learn to tweak your settings a little and it runs ok. I'm hoping to get a new laptop soon, before MoP, but even so, I'm actually confident I could quest and run dungeons on my current system, maybe even run 10 mans.
  1. Randytravis's Avatar
    I thought the intro was really funny lol, and casey's reply to it even more so lol.
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vallius View Post
    This is why we need a good ol' fashion apocalypse. Humanity needs a reset button of biblical proportions. They wanted a refund ... are you f*cking kidding me?! What a bunch of children! They should be thankful the game was even released in their territory. I mean Jesus Christ, how entitled do you have to feel when you're demanding refunds for server issues from an ONLINE GAME?! Did they miss the memo?? I would think the term "online required" had some inherent implications that these people would understand by this point, but no. No, they'd rather rage and whine like they always do because it's just another 'cause' for them to get behind in cyberspace.

    Oh, and to hell with 'blizz should have known' and all that BS, too, because no one on this planet is perfect and even Blizz f*cks up once and a while. Stay calm, go make some cereal, watch youtube, whatever. Just chill for a bit and things will work themselves out. I swear, if it's one thing I've grown to hate over these last 8 years it's the Blizzard fan base and their unwavering adolescent behavior. I've never come across a more bratty group of people and I doubt I ever will. ... Actually, Bioware fanboys/girls are pretty damn bad, too.
    LOL. I think you've been taking it from big business for too long. A bit of Stockholm syndrome if you will.

    ---------- Post added 2012-06-26 at 03:17 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by pbean View Post
    Guys for ~$100 you have a PC which conforms to the minimum requirements. For $200 you could get one which conforms to the recommended. For ~$400 you can have a PC which will run Wow until the next expansion. These requirements are the same as high games had 5 years ago, literally. If you're a gamer, prepare to spend some money on a gaming rig every once in a while. Or do you expect Wow to still run in a Pentium III?
    Another LOL-inducing post. Show us where we can get such a PC for $100/$200/$400.

    There's a post up there that points out that the requirements are very misleading because it does not seem to account for large PVE raids.

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